Yesterday, the Cavs and the Celtics made a blockbuster trade in the NBA. The Celtics received Kyrie Irving, and the Cavaliers got Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick, which had already was traded to the Celtics as part of the 2013 Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade. Today we are going to be comparing the two point guards and superstars in this trade. Please follow my Twitter and like my facebook page. Thanks!
Irving has played 381 career games and has averaged 21.6 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, and 5.5 assists per game. But last season he had better stats than his career average, with 25.2 points per game, and 5.8 assists per game. He is a 4-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year winner, All-Rookie, All-NBA, All Star MVP, and NBA Champ. Yet he was not happy playing for the Cavaliers because he wanted a role as more of a superstar and didn’t want to play alongside LeBron James. He is probably the best player in this trade, but it’s what the Cavs get back that makes the Cavs a winner in this trade.
Thomas was one of the best players in the NBA last season, with 28.9 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 5.9 assists per game. All of those stats were better than his career averages of 19.1 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game, and 5.2 assists per game.
I think the Cavs are the winners in this trade because of the players they got besides Thomas and the draft pick. The Nets were the worst team in the NBA last season, and they didn’t make many upgrades in the offseason. So the Cavaliers could be getting the number 1 pick in the draft next season. Also, Jae Crowder averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game last season. He could be a key player coming off the bench at the small forward position for the Cavs.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers have both shown interest in signing Paul George after the Pacers were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Cavs. George has indicated he wants to opt out next year. But would trading the 27-year-old be worth it for the Pacers and if so, who would they trade him too?
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Good: Paul George would get to play for a team that has made the NBA Finals 3 straight years, and LeBron James, who has made the Finals in 7 straight years. If the Cavs get George, the team could be considered a super team and might be able to better compete with the Warriors.
Bad: The Cavaliers may have to give up a lot to get Paul George. They might have to trade Kevin Love, their starting power forward who they traded Andrew Wiggens for in 2014. The Cavaliers will have to decide who they want more: Kevin Love or Paul George.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Good: The Lakers are a team that players are never hesitant to play for because they always have money to spend and they play in LA, one of the most popular places in the country. The Lakers could decide if this was once again the time to try and build a super team around George.
Bad: The Lakers have tried to build super teams in the past and failed, like when they had Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Dwight Howard come together. When that happened, they got swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Spurs. If Lonzo Ball is a bust, it will be like George is still playing for the Pacers because he will have to carry the team every game.
I believe that Paul George will be traded to the Lakers because the Lakers have more to offer on their side of the trade. The Cavs will have to make a better offer because their draft picks will not be as high as the Lakers draft picks. I think George would do better on the Cavs, but he would rather play for the Lakers.
This article is about who I think should be the NBA MVP. I will give you 2 runner ups and then who should win.
3. LeBron James
James has put up another great season averaging 26.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game. The only reason why he shouldn’t be MVP is because the players ahead of him on this list are players that play on a team with a bunch of average players. But LeBron plays with Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and J.R Smith.
2. James Harden
Harden has put up a career year, averaging 29.5 points, 8 rebounds, and 11.3 assists per game. Harden plays on a team where he runs the team despite the fact that he is a shooting guard, not a point, yet he still puts up more assists than most point guards while still averaging nearly 30 a night. Harden has managed to lead his team to all but locking up the 3 seed in the West. Truly a leader and all around star.
MVP: Russell Westbrook
Westbrook has put up record breaking numbers with 31.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per night. Westbrook is on pace to become the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple double in a season. He could also break Robertson’s record of 41 triple doubles in a season. He has taken over the Thunder since Kevin Durant left, leading them to the 6 seed and probably a hard fought playoff run.